On top of everything else that has smeared the Duggar family name in recent months – the child molestation allegations, the cancelled reality TV show – Josh Duggar has now confessed to cheating on his wife Anna. Earlier this year, the former 19 Kids and Counting star admitted to child molestation in 2002. Now the Ashley Madison hack has revealed that the Duggar’s oldest son is a cheater, too.
When news broke in May that Josh Duggar had molested five children as a teenager, he publicly apologized and repented. Despite his claims that he had learned from his troubled past and was dedicated to being a good father and husband, Josh’s account Ashley Madison – an infidelity hookup website – was revealed this week when the site was hacked.
Caught in another lie that may cost him the trust of his otherwise loyal wife, Josh confessed: “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever.”
He posted a statement on the family’s official website: “While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife. I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.”
Anna Duggar, who has four children with Josh, publicly supported her husband when he admitted to molestation allegations. However, Anna has not yet commented on Josh’s infidelity and it remains to be seen whether she will forgive his most recent transgressions.
The hackers behind the attack on Ashley Madison leaked the account information of millions of users on Tuesday, Aug 18 – just days after Anna and Josh celebrated their daughter’s one-month birthday. The couple’s oldest child is 5 years old.